Judge homers twice as Yankees beat Tigers in spring game
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — All rise — again. Aaron Judge is back.
Gardner and Judge hit consecutive homers off Daniel Norris in the first. Judge went deep again in the fifth, belting a two-run drive to right that went off the glove of a leaping Victor Reyes and just over the wall.
Norris allowed three runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old left-hander is trying to win a spot in Detroit’s rotation.
“Just trying to throw strikes and stay out of the middle of the zone, which I didn’t do very good today,” Norris said.
Masahiro Tanaka tossed three scoreless innings for the Yankees in his first spring start. Traditionally one of baseball’s most deliberate workers, the right-hander had no issues with baseball’s new 20-second pitch clock.
“Yes, I was conscious of that,” Tanaka said through a translator. “It’s something MLB is testing during spring training and it might come into effect once we get into the season. You don’t want to be not prepared if that were to happen.”
FROM AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES
RED SOX 9, TWINS (SS) 7
Mookie Betts went 2 for 2 for the Red Sox, and Tony Renda hit a three-run homer. C.J. Chatham added two hits and three RBIs.
Boston’s Darwinzon Hernandez, a 22-year-old left-hander from Venezuela, struck out three in two scoreless innings.
Minnesota’s Chase De Jong was knocked around in his 2 1/3 innings of relief, giving up seven runs and seven hits. Ehire Adrianza hit two doubles and Brian Navarreto homered.
Miami’s Dan Straily gave up three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Juan Lagares had three hits, stole a base and made an impressive catch in center field with his back to home plate. Lagares won a Gold Glove in center field in 2014 but is struggling to find a place in a crowded Mets outfield.
Dominic Smith, battling for the starting first base job for New York, belted a mammoth three-run drive and finished with three hits. Travis d’Arnaud made his first start since Tommy John surgery last season and went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Matt Carpenter and Tyler O’Neill each hit a two-run homer for St. Louis. Daniel Ponce de Leon allowed three runs in three innings.
PHILLIES 3, TWINS (SS) 3
Jake Arrieta struck out four and worked three hitless innings for the Phillies. Andrew Romine homered, and Shane Robinson singled and doubled in three at-bats.
BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES (SS) 2
Oakland’s Marco Estrada gave up three runs in three innings.
ORIOLES 7, TIGERS 5
Alex Verdugo had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for Los Angeles. Austin Barnes had three RBIs.
RANGERS (SS) 11, PADRES 3